Released: 2010, Ulterium Records
My expectations were quite high after a colleague had heard some preliminary material online. I personally never ‘pre-sample’ music before I have the final product in my hands, preferring to embrace the project in its totality. However, I trusted his opinion and his enthusiasm was truly justified. Sinbreed kicks ass!
My initial thought and perhaps most impressive feature is the voice of Herbie Langhans (Seventh Avenue). He sounds like Rockin’ Rolf Kasperek (Running Wild) in his prime! What a voice! For fans of Running Wild who miss the early 90s of that esteemed band and were saddened by their retirement announcement, Sinbreed will ease your pain. Herbie, to my ears sounds better here than he ever has in Seventh Avenue. Founder and guitarist Flo Laurin is no slouch either, keeping everything interesting, fast and fun without dipping into Malmsteen territory of (some say) over-playing.
Sinbreed have some heavy hitters all over this album with guests from Pretty Maids, Star One and Heaven’s Gate. Great artwork, and crystal clear, loud and powerful production are another plus. WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE offers of ten tracks of catchy, crunchy, traditional Heavy Metal. Sing-along choruses, driving drums (but not always double-kick!) by Fred Ehmke (Blind Guardian) propel these songs along from mid-paced to faster without every getting supersonic or thin. An early contender for my Top 10, Sinbreed offer up everything I listen for in classic Metal and deliver it on a silver platter.